“The virtuoso Venezuelan pianist Clara Rodríguez”
The Daily Telegraph. London
Caracas born Clara Rodríguez is one of the most acclaimed soloists to come out of South America in recent years.
She studied with Phyllis Sellick after winning a scholarship from the Venezuelan Arts Council to train in London at the Royal College of Music. There she was the recipient of numerous prizes and performed as a soloist with the RCM orchestras including De Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain and the Ravel Concerto in G at St. John’s Smith Square.
In Caracas she made her debut playing Mozart’s last piano concerto with the Simón Bolívar Orchestra under the baton of José Antonio Abreu at the age of sixteen; from then on Clara Rodriguez’s career as a concert pianist has taken her to perform all over the world. Her large and interesting repertoire covers works of the best known Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern composers; she has also intensely promoted the music of the Latin American continent and is the dedicatee of many works including Federico Ruiz's Second Piano Concerto.
Her discography includes CDs of the piano music of the Venezuelan composers Moises Moleiro, Federico Ruiz and Teresa Carreño; Her catalogue also includes Popular Venezuelan Music Vol. 1; El Cuarteto con Clara Rodríguez en vivo as well as the piano works by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona and of Frederic Chopin late works. Labels include Nimbus, Meridian and Universal.
She is much loved by English audiences and her concerts are sell-outs.
Clara Rodriguez teaches the piano at the JD of the Royal College of Music in London.